Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES
The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world.
The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.
In our 130 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.
We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.
Explorer extraordinaire, a GEO honoree Erik Weihenmayer, who has been blind since his teenage years, conquered mountains (including all of the Seven Summits!), and so much more. Over 400 attended GEO’s Annual Legacy Event to see Erik honored on February 7, 2016. The accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker shared his unique “vision” of the world and his amazing stories of adventure. Take a listen to his “Message of Hope”!
Check back to see what our program for the next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways. Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious organizations.
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2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
PHILADELPHIA’S WATER: PRESERVATION/EXPLORATION – the Relationship Between Human Activity and the Health of River Ecology
Many would assume the best thing for the rivers would be a “return to nature”, however, that really is not an option. The health of the Delaware River Watershed and its inhabitants depends on a highly managed relationship between human activity and the waterways. Each of our panelists has been deeply involved in that relationship and has valuable insights to share about past, current, and future challenges.Read More »
Join us for the journey across the Spanish Mediterranean corridor, ending in Catalonia, presented by María Luisa Guardiola, a Professor at Swarthmore College and an expert in Spanish language and literature.Read More »
Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”. As our mission is to support the exploration of the world and enhance perspective on the worlds’ peoples and places, we chose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example[…]Read More »